Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beard's original Yakutat gold claims may not pan out
In September of 2009 Beard Co., owner of Geohedral LLC, announced significant gold discoveries in the Borough of Yakutat that could be mined. The company has since announced that those original claims may not be the case, leaving the small borough to wonder if there will be a mine in its future at all.

Former JDHS coach found guilty of sexual assault
• Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

District puts education equity at forefront
For several decades, several groups of students have struggled with success in the Juneau School District. Now, the school board is looking at a policy that will find those educational barriers and a way to help more students achieve.

Photo: Partaking in pancakes
Kate Stears, 10, is brought second helpings by cook Ward Lamb during the Annual Alaska Day Pancake Breakfast at the Juneau Senior Center on Monday. The event was a fundraiser for the center's Meals on Wheels and Congregate Lunch programs.

The Hearing Center to donate part of proceeds from new device to breast cancer research
The Hearing Center and a new hearing device are getting onboard for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New tax form will prepare employers this year for 2011 requirements
The Internal Revenue Service has released a new draftform for employer relief.

New school board members to be sworn
The Juneau School District Board of Education will swear in Kim Poole and Barbara Thurston as its new members at 6:15 p.m. today.

Police & Fire
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JSD will hold college and career fair Friday
The 2010 Juneau School District College and Career Training Fair will be held on Friday. More than 60 colleges and career training organizations will be on hand to talk to students about post-graduation options. High school students from Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain and Yaakoosge Daakahidi will attend the fair during the school day. Parents are invited to attend a community open house from 5-6 p.m. Friday evening.

Juneau airport terminal readies for completion
The Juneau International Airport is almost ready for its terminal project to be considered substantially complete.

Photo: Hunting heron
A Great Blue Heron hunts in the shallow waters of Aurora Harbor on Monday.

Police & Fire
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Leo M. "Bud" Jones Jr.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park for lifelong Juneau resident Leo M. "Bud" Jones, Jr. who passed away Oct. 13, 2010 at Bartlett Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

Judy Kay Tobacco
Judy Kay Tobacco, formerly of Juneau, passed away Oct. 1, 2010 at the University of Washington Medical Center due to complications from lung cancer. She was born at home Oct. 2, 1941 in Morris, Minn. during a blizzard.

John Caouette Obituary
A memorial for John Caouette is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Please join us if you can. Childcare will be available. To donate to the memorial, please send your donation to Congregation Sukkat Shalom, P.O. Box 22071, Juneau AK 99801. The service will be about 90 minutes, and food and music will follow.

Craig Oliver Dahl
Former Juneau resident Craig Oliver Dahl, 92, passed away on Oct. 8th 2010 at St. Peters Providence Hospital in Olympia, Wash. He was born in Edison, Wash. on Feb. 6, 1918 to Tillman and Elizabeth Dahl. He married Joan B. Smith of Burlington, Wash., on June 20th, 1946.

Language about wasted votes is self-defeating
Two polls released last week indicate the race for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs. The Anchorage Daily News described it as a dead heat and three-way horserace. While we're accustomed this type of language during political campaigns, democracy isn't a spectator sport. And contrary to the results on Election Day, it's not over when it's over.

Bumper sticker injustice
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: The only 'agenda' is respect for gays
A spate of suicides by gay teenagers has produced what looks like a united front against anti-gay bullying. But at least one conservative leader sees a sinister homosexual agenda in efforts to combat such bullying by acknowledging and affirming gay students.

My Turn: Board of Game deals with complicated Nelchina Caribou issues
The Alaska Board of Game met in Anchorage recently to consider proposals from the public, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and several conservation groups concerning hunting options for the Nelchina Caribou Herd near Glennallen. Since this is a complex issue that has been changed many times in the past, a summary and explanation of laws and board decisions may be helpful.

Headed back to the Mideast; new story lines
Many years ago, a movie theater called the Brattle near Harvard University used to show the film "Casablanca" over and over. The students who watched would chant the lines along with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The viewers knew every element of the storyline from memory - and it never changed.

Repealing financial reforms is all the GOP offers
Voters seeking revenge this election for the collapse of the economy, and their frustrations with a loud, crude campaign season, must not let anger overtake their own self-interest.

Preserving national treasures
America's third national park, Yosemite, the home of spectacular waterfalls, silent groves of ancient trees and an unequaled alpine wilderness, celebrated its 120th birthday this month. The place John Muir considered "nature's temple" was arguably where the national park idea was born - a uniquely American idea whose enduring meaning is being proved again in the midst of an economic downturn, as millions of families have flocked to Yosemite and other parks to make memories that will last their lifetimes, to reconnect with nature and our shared history.

Car collision on Loop Road sends one to hospital
A car crash at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Valley Boulevard sent one driver to Bartlett Regional Hospital, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department.

CIRI subsidiary eyes old Fireweed Theater
ANCHORAGE - A subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region Inc. may buy the old Fireweed Theater site in Anchorage late this month.

Man shot to death in Fairbanks apartment
FAIRBANKS - Police say there were multiple people in a Fairbanks apartment where a 27-year-old man was shot to death.

Johnston: I want to be mayor but have no platform
JUNEAU - Levi Johnston says there are really no qualifications to hold the job that Sarah Palin once held - that of mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

GCI phone, Internet services suffer temporary outage
GCI customers in the Mendenhall Valley and Lemon Creek areas experienced a temporary outage of Internet and digital phone services Monday morning.

21 people arrested at Anchorage party
ANCHORAGE - While a woman was in the hospital her 18-year-old son held a house party that turned rowdy in Anchorage.

Dems object to posting of write-in list
JUNEAU - The Alaska Democratic Party says a list of write-in candidates was illegally posted on state Division of Elections' letterhead at an early voting station in Homer.

Open bus window leads to stabbing
ANCHORAGE - An argument over an open window on a city bus led to a stabbing in Anchorage.

Sunken vessel spotted near Thane Road rock dump
A sunken vessel was spotted near the rock dump on Thane Road.

Alaska mountain named to honor the late Ted Stevens
ANCHORAGE - A mountain and ice field in Alaska have been named in honor of the late Sen. Ted Stevens.

Army National Guard helps clean illegal dump at game refuge
ANCHORAGE - An illegal dump site at the Goose Bay State Game Refuge got some attention over the weekend.

Miller not seeking write-in monitors
JUNEAU - Alaska Senate GOP hopeful Joe Miller says his campaign isn't worried about having a team to monitor the counting of write-in votes.

Anchorage 8th on Milken city performance list
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage has moved up to No. 8 from No. 40 on the Milken Institute list of best-performing cities, pushing it ahead of Seattle for 2010.

Five JDHS Crimson Bears selected First Team All-State
Five Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears football players were tabbed First Team All-State on Tuesday, with sophomore Phillip Fenumiai earning top honors at quarterback and senior Colin Gozelski named at three different positions.

Prosecutor mulling charges in editor, Miller flap
JUNEAU - A security guard said he placed a reporter under citizen's arrest at a campaign event for Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller after the journalist refused orders to leave and pushed someone into a locker.

Begich: Federal programs benefit state
Sen. Mark Begich defended the federal stimulus bill, a controversial vote he cast 30 days into his term of office, but one he said is helping Alaska.

Statewide child health care an issue at Anchorage summit
Even though Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed a bill that would have made health care available for every child in the state last year, several groups are interested in finding ways to get more children insured and in pushing the bill forward again.

McAdams says ballot spot makes him the one to beat Miller in Nov. 2 election
Democratic Senate candidate Scott McAdams may be reaching a new level of success in his newly invigorated campaign.

Coast Guard admiral asks for Arctic resources
ABOVE NORTHERN ALASKA - The ice-choked reaches of the northern Arctic Ocean aren't widely perceived as an international shipping route. But global warming is bringing vast change, and Russia, for one, is making an aggressive push to establish top of the world sea lanes.

Miller says he was disciplined for computer misuse
JUNEAU - U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska on Monday acknowledged he was disciplined for misuse of government computers while working as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2008.

Alaska governor candidates spar at forum
ANCHORAGE - Alaska gubernatorial candidates answered questions for Anchorage high school students Monday that ranged from Arctic Ocean offshore drilling to their favorite Disney character.

Tension rising between Anchorage mayor, union
ANCHORAGE - Tensions are rising between Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and a union for 550 city employees.

Palin teases Reno crowd about presidential run
RENO, Nev. - Sarah Palin launched a two-week run of tea party rallies Monday leading up to the election and teased supporters about a possible presidential run for herself, saying "we can see 2012 from our house."

Alaska Natives want their traditions saved
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Native elders and young people are being encouraged to take the time to talk to each other to help preserve their languages and traditions.

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